I have read An Open letter to Pastors {a non-mom speaks about Mother’s Day} by Amy Young www.messymiddle.com on Mother’s Day before, but I want to bring it before you again today as we commend mothering for the ways it reflects the Imago Dei (Image of God). We have to be honest, in our efforts as a church to be authentic and transparent to acknowledge that remembering Mother’s Day often can remind us of pain.
• To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you
• To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you
• To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you
• To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you
• To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
• To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you
• To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you
• To those who have disappointment, heartache, and distance with your children – we sit with you
• To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you
• To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience
• To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst
• To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you
• And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you
This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have really strong women in our midst. We remember you. We Thank YOU. For all the women in our presence today, We Pray God’s Blessing over you!